The Benefits of Juice Fasting: How and Why to Integrate Juices into Your Diet

It is the New Year and the time of the year when many of us are making resolutions for the year to come. Make yourself and your
health a priority and start the year off by cleansing your body and mind! In April, I did an article on the importance of Juice Fasting
and giving your body a “spring cleaning.” Equally important is starting off your year on the right foot!

Fasting is not some new-age 20th Century fad and has been an integral part of different religions and cultures around the world for thousands of years. Fasting is one of described as intentionally
abstaining from food and is usually done for religious and health reasons. Fasting is nature’s way of giving the body a chance to overcome disease and rest. When animals are sick they naturally instinctively quit eating until they feel better. This internal awareness is even present in our children who do not eat when they are hungry. Somewhere along the line we lost the knowledge of the
importance of fasting to regain and restore health.

While fasting is used for weight-loss, it is also a tool for cleaning, flushing, detoxifying, maintaining the body and even healing both major and minor illness. When we eat all of our body’s energy goes towards digesting that food and when we go on a fast we are giving our body’s a break. If you are trying to lose weight or get your diet off to the right start then a fast is a wonderful way to break away from unhealthy eating habits and give your body a clean slate to work from.

During our lifetime we are exposed to a variety of chemicals and toxins both in our food and drinks as well as in our environment such as cleaning products and pollution. Some of these toxins our body eliminates through waste but after years and years more and more remains in our colon. These chemical products and free radicals contribute to pre-mature aging, heart disease, cancer and other diseases. asting is a way of getting rid of these toxins and allowing your body to heal.

Additionally, fasting increases the white cell count in our blood, which boosts our immunity and protects us against disease. It has also been known to reduce the symptoms of menopause such as night sweats and weight-gain. And, it also aids our circulatory system, which improves the quality of our skin, hair and nails. Fasting is a
way to jump start our system and get back on track and something I recommend everyone do once or twice a year for ultimate health and well-being.

Juices furnish the body with live enzymes and bioactive vitamins, minerals, and trace minerals that are destroyed when a food is cooked. The juices bring an alkaline force into the body that helps neutralize the toxic acidity that we have as a result of our modern diets. They also speed the recovery from disease by supporting the body’s own healing activities and cell regeneration, and improve the cells ability to absorb nutrients and eliminate waste and other toxic material from the body.

Similar to herbs, juices have specific healing properties. The principal of food relating to certain diseases is a well-established clinical finding in Western naturopathic systems as well as in Chinese and Ayurvedic systems. Since each juice has its own healing properties it is beneficial to rotate them. Some juices include carrot, apple, kale, spinach, beet, wheatgrass, orange, cucumbers, celery and watermelon.

Carrot juice is one of the richest sources of vitamin A and also includes vitamins B, C, D, E, G, and K, the electrolytes sodium and potassium, calcium, magnesium and iron. Carrot
juice helps improve the health of the eyes, skin and teeth, has been said to be a natural solvent for ulcerous and cancerous growth and and it has even been claimed to help prevent sterility.

Kale and other leafy greens are very high in calcium, magnesium, iron, otassium,
phosphorous, zinc vitamins A, C, E and K, fiber, folic acid and chlorophyll. Greens help purify the blood, prevent cancer, improve circulation, strengthen the immune system, improve liver function, clear congestion, improve skin quality, lift spirit, eliminate depression and increase energy and vitality.

Beets are high in vitamin B and folate and are a very good source of manganese, potassium, vitamin C, magnesium, iron, copper and phosphorus. Beets help purify the blood, cleanse the liver, aid in resolving menstrual in-balances, and have been even said to fight cancer.

So, why not just eat your vegetables instead of juicing them? When we juice them we take out the fiber and leave only the essential nutrients. There is no way that we could eat the quantity of vegetables needed to equal that of vegetables in a juice form. Fiber certainly has its place in our diets but if you could do one thing to improve your health and energy it would be to add one green juice or other vegetable juice into your diet each day. If you can’t do a fresh juice then do one with a green powder. You will feel an immediate improvement to your mood, energy and outlook on life. Your skin will be clear, your hair shiny and you will feel great!

For anyone interested in finding out more about juicing and resources for juicing please read my article on juice fasting or call me for an initial consultation about how you can go on a safe, easy juice fast.

Refreshing cleansing juice

2 pears
4 stalks celery
2 cucumber

Juice in juicer and drink throughout the day

Green lemonade

4-8 leaves of romaine lettuce and/or kale
2 large apples
2 lemons
Optional (carrot)

Stir in agave nectar for sweetness if needed. You can also add a carrot if you want to cut
the astringent flavor more. Drink this and your skin will be glowing!

Carrots & green juice

2-4 carrots
4-8 leaves romaine, spinach and/or kale
2 apples (optional to cut astringent taste)

Carrots are great because they contain natural sugars that your body will crave during a
fast.

Green Powder Smoothie

Berry Green, Kyo-Greens or Nature’s First Food Powder
Vanilla almond, soy or rice milk (I prefer vanilla almond milk)
Silk Milk vanilla creamer
Frozen banana (optional- or use ice to make thicker)

*** If you use regular soy milk then add vanilla and a dash of agave nectar

Add green powder, 1 cup of the milk and ½ cups of the creamer and the frozen banana or
ice in the blender and blend. My 5 year old daughter and I make this all the time for a
healthy snack in the afternoon before or after sports and she adores it!

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